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The collection documents a very wide spectrum of Paul Riegers writings and interests. Series I contains personal documents such as his ordination certificate as well as Riegers correspondence. The most extensive part of the collection is Series 2: Writings, which contains a variety of manuscripts, articles, notes, index cards, correspondence, excerpts and lectures. Riegers articles cover a wide scope of topics, incuding Jewish and non-Jewish issues. His main work however, was Zur Geschichte der Juden in Rom. Series 3 holds a vast amount of off-prints about different subjects, such as on Jewish and non-Jewish topics, on Palestine and Israel as well as on Leo Baeck. Series 4 consists of Jewish, Yiddish, Israeli and German newspapers, and newsletters of Jewish communities in Germany. Series 5: Varia covers miscellaneous documents, such as letters of protection, legal documents, an abundance of marriage contracts, original signatures of Jewish personalities such as of Martin Buber and a record of the first meeting of the Centralverein deutscher Staatsbuerger juedischen Glaubens. There are also various pictures and drawings of different places, synagogues and people. Series 6: Oversized Materials contains Hebrew learning material, newspapers and fliers of Germany as well as Nazi propaganda

The following individuals are mentioned in this collection: Rieger, Paul; Auerbach, Berthold; Kohut, George Alexander; Philippson, Martin; Vogelstein, Hermann; Basch, Abraham; Feilchenfeld, W.; Hirsch, Otto; Levy, Alphonse; Levi, Markus Jacob; Liebeschuetz, Hans; Nathan, M.; Rieger, Emilie (nee Reiss); Rieger, Paul

The following locations are mentioned in this collection: Stuttgart; Posen; Breslau; Freudental; Wuerttemberg

Paul Rieger was born in Dresden on July 4, 1870. Between 1889-1894, he studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Philosophy and Oriental studies at the University of Breslau. In 1894, he received his PhD in Talmudic Archaeology, his thesis was titled Versuch einer Technologie und Terminologie. After that he continued his studies at the University of Berlin and the Lehranstalt fuer die Wissenschaft des Judentums. In 1896, he became the rabbi of the Potsdam community. From 1902 to 1908, he was the preacher of the Hamburger Israelitischer Tempelverband. During his time in Hamburg, he became a writer and an independent scholar, as well as a lecturer in various German cities and was the leader of a liberal Jewish youth group. Between 1917 and 1922, Rieger was the rabbi (Landesrabbiner) in Braunschweig. After that he became the rabbi (Stadtrabbiner) of the Jewish Community in Stuttgart and was the member of the Oberrat der Israelitischen Religionsgemeinschaft Wuerttembergs. From 1923 to 1938, Rieger was the editor of the Gemeindezeitung. He also published several books and articles, among them the major work Zur Geschichte der Juden in Rom

Paul Rieger died in Stuttgart on July 10, 1939. His wife Emilie Rieger (nee Nathan) immigrated to America in 1940

Photographs removed to Photograph Collection


Language German
Call number 195051
Digitizing sponsor Leo Baeck Institute Archives
Book contributor Leo Baeck Institute Archives
Collection LeoBaeckInstitute; americana

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Reviewer: prachlin - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, 2012
Subject: correction of information
paul Rieger's wife, Emille maiden name was Reiss not Nathan. Rabbi Rieger's sister maried Nathan Nathan.
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